HELP! Construction Accounting Software


R

Rob

I am in the process of upgrading the accounting and project managment
software for our medium size design/development firm. While there are
numerous software packages on the market I wasn't sure what the
industry standard was. Is it better to purchase a bundled Accounting /
Project Managment program or to keep the programs separate. Obviously
if the programs are separate it would be nice for them to
"communicate". We're looking for the most efficient way to setup our
company so any recommendations, suggestions, or resources would be
greatly appreciated!

Rob Turner
 
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J

JFisher282

Hi Rob
I have several clients using Timberline, which was developed for the trade.

Fairly easy to use and train people on.

John
 
G

Guest

Rob,

What is your definition of "bundled"? What is it you want bundled?

What is your definition of "communicate"? What do you want to
communicate with?

More detail is needed to understand what it is you want to accomplish.

AJ
 
G

Guest

Timberline is easy to use? What have you been smoking? I know one
company that spent $52,000 in 2003 for training on Timberline!

AJ
 
J

JFisher282

dont smoke

once we had the basics shown by our reseller, we trained our people ourselves.

not hard if you take it step by step.
 
S

SBT Bill

I write a package that I sell for $800 that includes work orders, retention,
invoicing, a calendar etc. Check it out at SBTBILL.COM. By the way you get
source code, too.

Bill Couture
 
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Guest

Rob,

I asked earlier if you would explain what you mean by "communicate."
There was no response.

If what you are seeking is a "fully integrated" accounting program that
will do job costing, general ledger, payroll, etc. call A-Systems. If
budget is your primary concern, ask for the SBA version of their
software. They sell it for $25. It has what you need. It even has
online training. If you "want" more, you can buy versions with more
functions, they just cost more money. I have provided the SBA software
to several of my smaller clients because it has all of the basic
accounting functions at a fraction of what you might expect to pay. If
clients grow, they can grow into one of the other versions.

By the way, A-Systems has a toll free number: 800-365-6790. Tell them
AJ sent you. I send them a lot of customers for their $25 software.

AJ
 
B

Bob

$25 accounting software - better check the reviews on A-Systems ! --
cheap
software can end up costing you plenty $$$ down the road !

A Strategy for Finding the Right Accounting Software for your company
http://www.aicpa.org/pubs/jofa/sep2003/johnston.htm

How to Select the Right Accounting Software (A Three-Part Series)
http://www.aicpa.org/pubs/jofa/specialf.htm

Part 1: A Process for Evaluating the Best Packages for Your Organization

Part 2: How the Underlying Database Influences Price and Effectiveness

Part 3: Handling the Web and International Commerce

Sidebar: How to Contact the Vendors
 
A

Arnold

Bob, et al.

I see that someone posted a message about The Small Builder Advantage
version of A-Systems JobView. It sells for $25 and it does sound too
good to be true. Being affordable does NOT mean the software is cheap!
A-Systems competes with the biggest software companies in the world.
They have bigger advertising budgets, so we have to beat them with
superior quality at affordable prices. And, we're doing it! Our
competitors are selling out to the big companies, right and left. Just
last year the biggest of all, Timberline, sold out. Before that it was
Solomon, MAS 90, Maxwell, Master Builder, and on and on and on.
A-Systems is much smaller than Microsoft or Intuit, but we still compete
with them.

Please, Bob, check out A-Systems. Go to our website
(www.a-systems.net). We were the first software company to provide job
cost accounting software for the PC. Our heritage in the computer
industry predates that. Our founder was credited by Byte Magazine as
inventing the first true PC, but that's another story. Go to our
website and click on the "Company" tab. That will tell the story in
detail. Then, contact the CPA Software News. Their next review will be
in their April issue, but there are reviews every year for several
years. How do we do there? Our software is consistently described as
"quick to learn and easy to run." It is affordable, highly functional,
powerful, and mature. "Mature" means is isn't riddled with bugs.

The next question is almost always, "How can you sell accounting
software for $25? It's simple. We practically give away a package to
small and startup companies. They can't afford our top of the line
product, so we give them Job Costing, General Ledger, Payroll, Accounts
Receivable, and Accounts Payable for $25. It does W-2s, 1099s, bonding
reports, financial statements, and it does job costing the way thousands
of our customers have requested it to over the past quarter of a
century. We ship it for $25 because too many small and startup
contractors struggle with generic accounting software that "kinda,
sorta, maybe" does job costing. With JobView, job costing wasn't added
as an afterthought or bolted on later and they simply can't outgrow it.
One of our clients signed a $3 billion contract in 2000. They handled
it with JobView.

When a small company starts up, few of them have the budget to lay out
$5,000-10,000 for our Preferred Edition. Still, they need real job
costing. Nothing short of that will do. When they use JobView, they
can move up to more sophisticated programs when the need them and can
afford them. They never need to change job costing software just
because they grew out of it. And, they don't have to pay an annual fee
or have their payroll become dysfunctional. They can update their tax
tables themselves. In fact, go to our website at
www.a-systems.net/html/tb512.htm and see how easy our tax tables are to
update. It literally takes a matter of seconds and it's free.

Our $25 package is a steal. It's affordable, not cheap. Many
construction companies out there, perhaps over 70% can use this software
and never need to lay out another cent for another accounting program,
all for $25. Perhaps that's why the US SBA purchased a copy for every
SBA office, BIC, and Tribal BIC in the United States.

If you have any questions about this software, please feel free to call
our office at (800) 365-6790 and we'll help you out. If you are a CPA,
you might want to check out Visual Bookkeeper, our general accounting
package that competes with QuickBooks for the same $25 price. Look this
gifthorse in the mouth and see more than you'd ever expect.

Yours truly,

Arnold S. Grundvig, Jr.
President
A-Systems Corporation
 
B

Bob

www.a-systems.net
a-systems
sorry, I'm not convinced ---- CPA Software News sounds like a special publication for paid ads - try and get a real review in a real accounting magazine. The "gifthorse in the mouth" may cost $25 to start but I have seen too many instances where the wrong software can be detrimental to a company - It's important to get an independent opinion and not just go with a low ball initial price !






Bob, et al.
Please, Bob, check out A-Systems. Go to our website (www.a-systems.net). We were the first software company to provide job cost accounting software for the PC. Our heritage in the computer industry predates that. Our founder was credited by Byte Magazine as inventing the first true PC, but that's another story. Go to our website and click on the "Company" tab. That will tell the story in detail. Then, contact the CPA Software News. Their next review will be in their April issue, but there are reviews every year for several years. How do we do there? Our software is consistently described as "quick to learn and easy to run." It is affordable, highly functional, powerful, and mature. "Mature" means is isn't riddled with bugs.

move up to more sophisticated programs when the need them and can afford them. They never need to change job costing software just because they grew out of it. And, they don't have to pay an annual fee or have their payroll become dysfunctional. They can update their tax tables themselves. In fact, go to our that competes with QuickBooks for the same $25 price. Look this gifthorse in the mouth and see more than you'd ever expect.

Yours truly,

Arnold S. Grundvig, Jr.
President
A-Systems Corporation




Bob wrote:

$25 accounting software - better check the reviews on A-Systems ! --
cheap
software can end up costing you plenty $$$ down the road !

A Strategy for Finding the Right Accounting Software for your company
http://www.aicpa.org/pubs/jofa/sep2003/johnston.htm

How to Select the Right Accounting Software (A Three-Part Series)
http://www.aicpa.org/pubs/jofa/specialf.htm

Part 1: A Process for Evaluating the Best Packages for Your Organization

Part 2: How the Underlying Database Influences Price and Effectiveness

Part 3: Handling the Web and International Commerce

Sidebar: How to Contact the Vendors






Rob,

I asked earlier if you would explain what you mean by "communicate."
There was no response.

If what you are seeking is a "fully integrated" accounting program that
will do job costing, general ledger, payroll, etc. call A-Systems. If
budget is your primary concern, ask for the SBA version of their
software. They sell it for $25. It has what you need. It even has
online training. If you "want" more, you can buy versions with more
functions, they just cost more money. I have provided the SBA software
to several of my smaller clients because it has all of the basic
accounting functions at a fraction of what you might expect to pay. If
clients grow, they can grow into one of the other versions.

By the way, A-Systems has a toll free number: 800-365-6790. Tell them
AJ sent you. I send them a lot of customers for their $25 software.

AJ


Rob wrote:


I am in the process of upgrading the accounting and project managment
software for our medium size design/development firm. While there are
numerous software packages on the market I wasn't sure what the
industry standard was. Is it better to purchase a bundled Accounting /
Project Managment program or to keep the programs separate. Obviously
if the programs are separate it would be nice for them to
"communicate". We're looking for the most efficient way to setup our
company so any recommendations, suggestions, or resources would be
greatly appreciated!

Rob Turner
 
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advice on software?

I am seriously thinking about Smart Contractor (was going to add a link for convenience but it won't let me but it's just smartcontractor dot com. Found accounting under "features") for accounting software. We've looked at some of the big guys like Timberline and feel like it's just overkill.

They also integrate with quickbooks, which we use. Anybody have any experience or opinons on Smart Contractor? I want to get this whole software thing tied off so I don't have to spend my Saturday afternoons online researching instead of throwing a frisbee around with my kids. Appreciate advice...
 
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